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Latest NABO News 2009

June 11th., 2009


  A couple of things this week: the first is an invitation to all--NABO delegates, young adults, interested persons--to participate in an open forum. The Reno NABO meeting provides us a chance to "talk" about the challenges and opportunities that we have in front of us so that we can better "walk" to create viable initiatives for Basque young adults. To find out more, click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/Basque_youth_forum.htm .


Second, following the election last Fall, the new leadership of the Basque Government has yet to announce replacements for a Director of Relations with Basques abroad. Commenting on the current state of affairs is Joseba Etxarri in this excerpt from his online editorial at http://nabasque.org/NABO/etxarri_editorial.htm

June 3rd., 2009


Dance has always been a way of drawing the Basque community together. That is the major point of this year's "Kabalkada" dance celebration--where all are invited to participate-- for the NABO Convention in Reno. To find out more, click on http://basque.unr.edu/nabo/kabalkada.htm.


Here in the United States various Basque communities maintain active dance groups and Euskalkultura.com has done a fine job of profiling these online at http://www.euskalkultura.com/baliabideak/topics/dantza%20taldeak?herrialdea=Estatu%20Batuak%20(AEB) One of those groups, the Boise "Oinkari" dancers, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary starting this summer (click on http://oinkari.org/alumni.asp).

May 28th., 2009


The summer Basque festival season is upon us, and this will be supplemented with performers, artists & athletes in action from New York to California. Check out these events at http://nabasque.org/NABO/basque_artists_2009.htm


There are more letters of farewell that have been sent by our friends who are departing the Basque Government that you'll find at http://nabasque.org/NABO/Berriz_arte2.htm

May 20th., 2009


If you haven't looked lately, please check out http://nabasque.org/NABO/Member_services.htm There'll you'll find current updates including the last call for Gaztemundu applications and lodging information for the upcoming Reno NABO meeting. Once again, the meeting will conclude by lunch, with additional discussions to follow in our focus (advisory) groups. It remains an open invitation to all to participate in these groups if you would like to join. We'd like to have you! Ongoing discussions include the proposal to form a global federation of Basque entities, the integration of Basque youth, etc.


As for the Basque Government updates, the new Lehendakari Patxi Lopez was sworn in and now we'll soon see what direction this leadership will take. It's anyone's guess really how they might choose to relate with Basques in the Diaspora.


The festival season is off and running. This weekend is the Bakersfield Basque festival, and it promises to be another good party (I'm going to investigate). The Reno Convention should also be a good one. Hope to see you there.


It's not too early to start making plans for this year's NABO Convention in Reno, NV. We're going back to where 50 years ago one of the biggest Basque celebrations to that time took place, and we're also commemorating the 40 plus years of the Center for Basque Studies. That and more! Click on http://basque.unr.edu/nabo/


There's an overview about the significance of the Gernikako Arbola or Tree of Gernika at http://nabasque.org/Pages/gernika_tree.htm

April 30th., 2009

Most of the time our "Basqueness" is compartmentalized; i.e., it comes out of the box during a Basque festival or event but otherwise we go about our "regular" lives doing non-Basque things of going to work, school, recreation and entertainment. There was a recent impressive cross-over, however, when the Basque Country's José Luis Egiluz conducted the Boise Philharmonic in an impressive program of Spanish and Basque music. To read more click on http://nabasque.org/Astero/egiluz.htm

April 23rd. 2009

The NABO website has been updated to hopefully streamline the finding of information as to what NABO has to offer to its members. There's a link now on the frontpage, as well as the top of the page, that will take you to what NABO has to offer as well as updates. The direct link is http://nabasque.org/NABO/Member_services.htm


Ongi Etorri-Welcome-Bienvenue to our newest member in NABO: the Basque club of the Canadian province of Quebec. See their website at http://www.euskaldunakquebec.com


The Basque Government's Department of Culture has issued a new publication entitled The Basque Country: Insight into its culture, history, society and institutions. To find out more and to view a pdf version click on http://www.kultura.ejgv.euskadi.net/r46-19123/en/contenidos/informacion/brev6_0903/en_brev6/brev6.html

April 16th.,2009

This weekend NABO delegates will assemble in Salt Lake City for NABO's Winter Meeting hosted by the Basque Club of Utah not to fix the world's problems, but maybe to formulate our own "stimulus plan." Details are at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Meeting.htm


If you missed it the first time around, the documentary The Last Link depicts the story of Basque shepherds and their descendants as a proud and passionate people, whose spiritual and physical vitality is shaped by their connection to the mountains, regardless of whether they are in the Pyrénées or Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. For ordering information click on http://www.basqueclubs.com/TheLastLink/TheLastLink.

April10th., 2009


Originally, the txalaparta was a communication device used for Basque funerals, celebrations, or the making of slaked lime or Basque cider. A new duo of players have extended the range of that communication to new levels around the world. To read more click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/Oreka_TX.htm

April 1st., 2009


GLOBAL FEDERATION OF BASQUE ENTITIES. One item that we'll discuss is a proposal to create a global federation of Basque entities. You can find this proposal at http://nabasque.org/NABO/EEE.htm


BASQUE GOVERNMENT UPDATE. It is all but official that a new leadership will take over in May, and they will be making the decisions. What remains to be seen is how much--or how little--this new leadership cares about maintaining contact with the Basque Diaspora. It's possible that Miren Azkarate (Minister of Culture & BG spokesperson) might be there as well and that should help provide some clarity. Just in case your club wasn't aware, the BG has opened its submission for 2009 grants. Information is at http://nabasque.org/Pages/grants.htm


This week brings us sad news: Aita Martxel Tillous passed away after a battle with cancer. He was our Basque-American chaplain for many years and his passing leaves our Basque community world with a hole. GOIAN BEGO-R.I.P. To read more click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/tillous.htm

March 26th., 2009

This is the last call for a potential Basque Country trip for Basque young adults this summer at http://nabasque.org/Apps/EU_tour_2009.htm and NABO's Gaztealde program for young Basque adults this summer in Seattle at http://nabasque.org/Pages/gaztealde.htm We need to know now about interest or else shelve them for later.


Then there are also two great short videos of years ago that you might have missed by Euskal Telebista that are definitely worth viewing at http://nabasque.org/NABO/Zabak_zabalik.htm


March 19th., 2009

There's a new book about Basque-Americans by Jose Mallea that's just out: The Basques of Reno and the Northeastern Sierra. To find out more click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/mallea_book.htm And if you'd like to check out some good photographs of the Basque country click on http://www.alcayaga.com/


March 12th., 2009

This week there's a couple of things. One is news of a recent documentary by Anna Bruning: "Omendu [Tribute to] Basques: Beyond the Bombs" which focuses not on Basque terrorism but on how Basques identify themselves today. To read more and view a preview click on http://nabasque.org/Astero/bruning.htm

March 4th., 2009

NABO with the assistance of HABE from the Basque Government continues its efforts to promote the learning of Euskara-the Basque language. The online BOGA program for learning Euskara will debut this Fall, and to prepare for that BOGA paid assistants are now being recruited: they will be essential to help learners. To find out more & maybe apply, click on http://nabasque.org/Euskara/boga%20main.htm


This week we go from a local Basque story to Basque Country election news. There was a recent story by the local paper in Elko, Nevada that profiled a young Basque Pedro Maiola. You can read more at http://nabasque.org/Astero/maiola.htm


Last Sunday was the election for the Autonomous Basque region of Euskadi, and after three decades of having a Basque nationalist as Lehendakari or President, it might be changing. To read more click on http://www.eitb.com/en/-X-url_home-X-/detail/100337/nationalists-and-socialists-at-loggerheads-over-presidency-of-basque-country

February 26th., 2009

Sadly the little boy who served as the spark of the Basque Bone Marrow Registry Drive, Sebastian Moustirats, passed away last weekend. The hope is to continue with the drive, to hopefully minimize this future outcome. To find out more click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/bone_marrow.htm

Feb. 18th., 2009


NABO is promoting several youth initiatives, and this Summer there's a great opportunity for young people to participate in a guided tour of the Basque Country. To find out more click on http://nabasque.org/Apps/EU_tour_2009.htm


Long ago the suspicion was of course that the Basques and Irish had a genetic connection in sharing the

"party gene." Now we're getting more and more confirmation. Here's a recent story from the Irish Times at

http://nabasque.org/Astero/irish_genetic_link.htm

Feb., 12th., 2009


Egun on Astero reader,


This week we wanted to bring to your attention the availability of application forms for this summer's NABO youth programs Udaleku (for kids ages 10-15) in Chino, CA and Gaztealde (ages 16-20) in Seattle, WA. There's also a look back at last month's annual workshop for our Euskara instructors at Euskara teachers workshop

Jan 21st., 2009


A couple of items this week. The first is a summary of proposals that emerged from a round of meetings between FEVA & NABO this month. The hope is to work together on some initiatives of shared interest. Click on http://nabasque.org/Pages/feva-collaboration.htm


Second is a videoclip of William Peterson who plays Gil Grissom on the TV show CSI. Mr. Peterson spent time in the Basque country and here he sends his regards to the Basques in a project directed by Euskosare at http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=0av6MrQyFD0

Jan. 16th., 2009


Kaixo Astero reader,


Thanks to Astero readers Jean Flesher & Mary Gaztambide, we have a link this week to sets of photographs from Life Magazine. It's a window back to the world of Basque sheepherding back in 1951 Utah. To view them click on http://images.google.com/images?q=basque&q=source:life

Jan 8th., 2009


Kaixo Astero reader,


We have a letter that was written by Aita Martxel Tillous to the Basque-Catholic community here in the US. As most of you might know, he will no longer be able to be among us because he is suffering from a terminal illness. You can see his letter (& contact information) at: http://www.nabasque.org/Astero/tillous_letter.htm


This week we're coming to you from Argentina, as a NABO delegation is meeting with our counter-parts in FEVA (the equivalent federation of Basque clubs in Argentina). The hope is to learn from each other, and to work together in collaboration on some initiatives that can benefit both of us. To read more click on:

http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/feva-collaboration.htm


Jan. 1st., 2009


It's time for some New Year Resolutions, and while NABO has several, the involvement of youth and the Basque language are key parts of our future and let's see if we can't grow these in the year to come. Take a look at these summer opportunities for Basque youth at http://nabasque.org/gazteak.htm While seeking to sustain our present teaching corps, there's also an initiative to help create more Euskara instructors-the program is to take people even from a basic level to where they can help to teach others. Take a look at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/irakasi.htm


Urte berri on izan ("Have a good new year")!

Latest NABO News 2008

Feb. 18th., 2009


NABO is promoting several youth initiatives, and this Summer there's a great opportunity for young people to participate in a guided tour of the Basque Country. To find out more click on http://nabasque.org/Apps/EU_tour_2009.htm


Long ago the suspicion was of course that the Basques and Irish had a genetic connection in sharing the

"party gene." Now we're getting more and more confirmation. Here's a recent story from the Irish Times at http://nabasque.org/Astero/irish_genetic_link.htm

Feb., 12th., 2009


Egun on Astero reader,


This week we wanted to bring to your attention the availability of application forms for this summer's NABO youth programs Udaleku (for kids ages 10-15) in Chino, CA and Gaztealde (ages 16-20) in Seattle, WA. There's also a look back at last month's annual workshop for our Euskara instructors at Euskara teachers workshop

 Jan 21st., 2009


A couple of items this week. The first is a summary of proposals that emerged from a round of meetings between FEVA & NABO this month. The hope is to work together on some initiatives of shared interest. Click on http://nabasque.org/Pages/feva-collaboration.htm


Second is a videoclip of William Peterson who plays Gil Grissom on the TV show CSI. Mr. Peterson spent time in the Basque country and here he sends his regards to the Basques in a project directed by Euskosare at http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=0av6MrQyFD0

Jan. 16th., 2009


Kaixo Astero reader,


Thanks to Astero readers Jean Flesher & Mary Gaztambide, we have a link this week to sets of photographs from Life Magazine. It's a window back to the world of Basque sheepherding back in 1951 Utah. To view them click on http://images.google.com/images?q=basque&q=source:life

Jan 8th., 2009


Kaixo Astero reader,


We have a letter that was written by Aita Martxel Tillous to the Basque-Catholic community here in the US. As most of you might know, he will no longer be able to be among us because he is suffering from a terminal illness. You can see his letter (& contact information) at: http://www.nabasque.org/Astero/tillous_letter.htm


This week we're coming to you from Argentina, as a NABO delegation is meeting with our counter-parts in FEVA (the equivalent federation of Basque clubs in Argentina). The hope is to learn from each other, and to work together in collaboration on some initiatives that can benefit both of us. To read more click on:

http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/feva-collaboration.htm

Jan. 1st., 2009


It's time for some New Year Resolutions, and while NABO has several, the involvement of youth and the Basque language are key parts of our future and let's see if we can't grow these in the year to come. Take a look at these summer opportunities for Basque youth at http://nabasque.org/gazteak.htm While seeking to sustain our present teaching corps, there's also an initiative to help create more Euskara instructors-the program is to take people even from a basic level to where they can help to teach others. Take a look at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/irakasi.htm


Urte berri on izan ("Have a good new year")!

Dec 25th., 2008


The North American Basque Organizations (N.A.B.O.)

would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

EGUBERRI ON - FELIZ NAVIDAD - JOYEUX NOEL - MERRY CHRISTMAS

John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Dec 18th., 2008


A couple of things this week from the new website for Diaspora Basques at www.euskaletxeak.net One is an opportunity for improving your Basque while staying with a Basque family. Check this out at www.egonaldiak.net (in Basque only). Then there is also an effort underway to create a database of Basque restaurants all around the world. To participate & learn more click on euskaletxeak.net/updates

Dec., 10th., 2008


This week--to make you a little hungry--we have a story by Christine Muhlke that appeared in the New York Times about Basque food in Nevada at http://www.nabasque.org/Astero/meat_and_greet.htm. And for fun, take a look at this video clip of young African kids singing the Athletic Bilbao song in Basque at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSszGbHgUBA&feature=related

Dec. 3rd., 2008


December 3rd is Euskararen Eguna or "The Day of the Basque Language." Professor Xabier Irujo of the Center for Basque Studies has made available to all a Powerpoint presentation that explains the origins of this celebration and the road that Euskara is on as well. You can find that at http://www.nabasque.org/Euskara/euskararen_eguna_powerpoint.htm


Related to this is another opportunity, with Euskal Telebista now broadcasting for free. If you have high-speed internet you can watch their programs at their website (http://www.eitb.com/television/etb-sat/ ) by clicking on the icons on the right hand s

Nov. 26th., 2008


There's a new website that has just been launched by and for the Basque clubs of the world. This will be able to serve as a virtual meeting place for the global Basque community. Check it out and watch it grow at www.euskaletxeak.net


We have a story about the "first" Thanksgiving that of course has Basques showing up. Check this out at http://www.nabasque.org/Astero/thanksgiving.htm

Nov. 20th, 2008


We had a good meeting in Reno, and we were able to conclude all of our business before lunch. Then afterward in small clusters usually at the bar or a the dinner table more business is conducted. Some of those will be discussed in email notices soon, but for now just a couple of items this time around.


First you'll find attached the announcement (in Spanish) of three openings for young people to work a year as an intern with the Basque Government in Gastiez/Vitoria. The grant allows for 15,900euros. The catch is that it's a last minute offering (I just got it today), with the application due Dec. 1st. Hopefully next year (if this continues) we can get this lined up ahead of time. Anyhow, there is an opportunity and for more information you can contact Joseba Arregi at [email protected]


The second item comes from the last meeting where delegates discussed the re-creation of a single (or two) communicators for each NABO member club to help improve our internal communications. Communication is the key, and we're looking to make it work better. Note that the communicator is not expected to have to everything. We are just asking for a single contact who can help us get in touch with the person(s) in your community; i.e., point us to where we need to go for mus, for dancing, pilota, etc. More information is online at http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/communicators.htm Please let us know who would be willing to help us out with this. 

Nov. 6th. 2008


This weekend NABO delegates will be gathering in Reno, with details at 2008 NABO Fall Meeting. For Basque soccer fans, here's a story about the recent happenings in Athletic Bilbao at http://nabasque.org/NABO/basque_soccer.htm

October 30th., 2008


Kaixo Astero readers,


A couple of items this week. First is about an effort to create a specific Basque bone marrow program with the hope of helping a small Basque child with a rare bone malady-help another and help ourselves. For more information click on

http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/bone_marrow.htm


Second is a look back at the successful conference in Basque Studies in Bakersfield last week and NABO's support for the ongoing creation of the Basque Studies Consortium. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Consortium.htm

October 27th, 2008


As our meeting approaches in Reno next month, we have more NABO updates posted online. Included are some requests for input from clubs (e.g., willingness to participate in hosting a pair of instructors for a week of workshops on Basque culture), an effort to create a Basque Youth Financial Aid fund (i.e., to try and minimize financial barriers to youth participation), and a proposed set of guidelines to make our NABO meetings timely, fair and orderly (we must end the meeting in Reno by 1pm). To view these and other items click on http://www.nabasque.org/updates.htm


Hope that you can join with us Nov. 8th in Reno. After lunch we're going a field trip!

October 13th., 2008


Egun on,


Early next month we'll have our fall meeting in Reno (click on the meeting tab above at http://www.nabasque.org/ for more information). One change is that the meeting must end at 1pm; afterwards the delegates are going on a tour. Thus, we need to expedite our business. 

Over the next month we'd like to get your input as to what we should discuss when each area comes up in the agenda; what do you consider to be the most important elements? Most delegates do not want to hear about everything (and this was confirmed last meeting by the number of people I saw rolling their eyes during some of the discussions); this can be a problem because some delegates may choose not to attend meetings. So we have to try and find a balance because not everyone is interested in everything.


The compromise is to ask people that are more interested in any particular area, to step up and participate in our focus groups (you'll find that "Focus Groups" link on the frontpage of our webpage). If you'd like to participate in one or more of these groups you are welcome. Each focus group does the work of a subcommittee, and then we bring motions (if something requires a vote) or key announcements to the attention of all. That way everyone at the meeting hears the main points, but they also have an opportunity to participate in developing those points separately outside of the main meeting, with others who are also interested in that part of Basque culture.


Please send along your suggestions, and based on that we'll see if folks want to participate in a conference-call between now and the meeting.


Thanks for your contribution!


John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

October 9th., 2008


A couple of things for you this week. First off is a reminder for this Saturday's NABO Kantari Eguna ("Day of Basque Song") being hosted in Rocklin, CA. To read more about that click on http://www.nabasque.org/Members/Rocklin.htm And there's a new website for Basque singles; check that out at http://www.basquesingles.com/ Have a good week!

October 3rd. 2008


Kaixo NABO delegates & associates,


There are a few more current updates posted at our NABO website, including information for the upcoming NABO meeting in Reno next month. You also saw in Astero a request for help in getting information out about 2009 Basque young adult initiatives. These and more are posted at http://nabasque.org/updates.htm

Kaixo Astero reader,


There are several proposed initiatives for Basque young adults for 2009 including a week retreat, a guided tour of the Basque Country and others. To find out more click on http://www.nabasque.org/gazteak.htm Please help to get this information out so Basque youth know about these opportunities.

September 25th., 2008


The movie ends and the credits role: are you looking for Basque names? Most Basque surnames are readily identifiable because they follow a small number of set patterns. The vast majority are not derived from an ancestor but rather from the family's etxea, the historically all important Basque family home. Basque first names are also distinctive. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/names.htm

September 19th., 2008


Kaixo NABO delegates & associates,


It was good seeing those of you who were able to join us at the annual NABO Convention in Chino. There will be a more complete review, as well as the minutes, of the meeting available soon.


For now there are some updates including the annual call for applications for the Facilitator position, an upcoming concert tour, NABO support of the Basque Diaspora statement, the Gurea Basque Cultural Literacy program information, and a last call for clubs to submit their own self-assessment so that NABO can continue to develop and implement its four year plan to assist members. You'll find these and more posted at http://nabasque.org/updates.htm


There are congratulations to go around to our Mus players in the Senior & Junior divisions. See that news (& learn how to play!) at http://nabasque.org/NABO/mus_page.htm. Then Basque music fans will have three chances to take in a concert by one of Zuberoa's best singers Maddi Oihenart. For concert details click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/maddi.htm


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Sept.12, 2008

O Canada! We're really "North American" now with the entry of the Basque club of Vancouver thus we now embrace clubs not just in the United States but Canada too! And this weekend is the NABO 2008 Pilota Finals in San Francisco.

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August 27th., 20008


There's a good story by Jim Morris of about immigrant Basques finding "purpose and pleasure" in California written up at http://nabasque.org/Astero/A3_Basquing%20in%20Tradition.htm Hope you all have a good Labor Day weekend, and some of us will be together at the annual NABO Convention this weekend in Chino. It's getting attention in the Basque Country as well. Take a look at www.euskalkultura.com (in Basque) and www.eitb24.com (in English).

Izan ongi ("Be Well")


John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

August 20th., 2008

We have some updates available that are now posted online at http://www.nabasque.org/updates.htm where from now on we'll try to put in one place the latest that is going on for NABO delegates (two voting from each) and associates (non-voting volunteers who are active in keeping NABO activities going).


Among other things, note that the location of the NABO meeting is now going to be at the Chino Fairgrounds (corner of Edison & Central). Another item we have been asked to ponder is whether we wanted to join in with a declaration that is being put forth by some in the Basque Diaspora. Also make room in your luggage because each club will be getting a set of books from the "Urazaindi" series to take home with them. These and other items will be discussed, and the lunch for the meeting is setting up to be pretty good too (added incentive). See you soon!

The days are counting down to our annual NABO Convention in Chino, CA over Labor Day weekend. To see the updated schedule click on http://www.chinobasqueclub.us/Pages/picnic.htm. This month's Convention will feature various elements including a Klika in America Tribute, last week's feature of NABO Photo Exhibits, and NABO's Bizi Emankorra ("Lifetime Contribution") recognition to Francois Pedeflous & Jean Leon Iribarren. Plus music, song, dance, pilota, food ... Hope that you can join in the festivities.

August 8th., 2008


Kaixo Astero reader,

A couple of updates for you this week.

Some have inquired about Fr. Martxel Tillous, the Basque chaplain, and his status as he continues to battle his illness. The good news is that we're expecting him to be at the Basque mass for the Chino NABO Convention. Visit http://www.nabasque.org/catholics.htm for more information.


The second item is that the Basque Short Video Contest deadline has been extended to Sept. 14; visit

http://www.euskosare.org/euskosareri_buruz/euskomovie_amplia_plazo-en for more information.


Asteburu on bat izan ("Have a nice week-end")



John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

For those of you who are on the fence about going to the Convention in Chino - here is an EXCELLENT reason to go.


AMAZING handball games with the top of the top players from France & Mexico, along with Gazteak players from Chino, Bakersfield and San Francisco.


3pm -> Pilota Games (Aphessetche Trinketa): Children's Games & France vs. Mexico


Hope to see you there.


Evelyne Garat


NABO Pilota Chairman

france:

LARRECHEA

IDIART J.PIERRE

ETCHEVERRY

WALTARI

MARILUZ

BISCOUBY

IDIART JEAN MICHEL


mexico:


MEDINA


LOQUILLO


SANTAMARIA


VICTOR LOPEZ

August 7th., 2008


Delegates:


At the August 30, 2008 NABO meeting, elections will be held for the elected positions. The positions up for election are NABO President and Treasurer.


According to the 2004 minutes: In the February 7, 2004 NABO meeting in Salt Lake City Valerie Arrechea made a motion that those running for office submit a paragraph explaining why they are running, what they have done for NABO and their vision for the future—it was voted upon and passed.


At this time, I would like to call for all nominations and ask that the nominations be submitted to me in the form an email with a paragraph explaining:


Their Name and Club


What position they are interested in running for


Why they are running


What have they done for NABO


Their vision for the future


The nominations should be sent to me by August 25th. On August 27th, I will send all delegates a copy of the nominations to review for the meeting on August 30th.


Nancy J Trevino


NABO Secretary

July 31st., 2008


Kaixo Astero reader,


This week we bring to your attention the recently celebrated dedication of the ION (Idaho-Oregon-Nevada) Heritage Museum in Jordan Valley, Oregon. John Elorriaga gifted his family home to serve as a regional museum in honor of his parents among hundreds of friends and supporters. The new EuskoSare U.S. correspondent Rosa Totorica covered the story and its grand opening. To read more click on http://www.euskosare.org/english_corner/jordan_valley_museum_dedication_outcome

July 17th., 20008

This week we have NABO's latest "Hizketa" Newsletter (in pdf format) available for you to view online. The title HIZKETA--Basque for conversation-- expresses our aim to promote and encourage greater conversation and communication on matters of shared interest among all of our Basque communities. You can view this from our Hizketa page at http://nabasque.org/Hizketa/hizketa_main.htm

July 10th., 2008

The popularity of blogs (an abridgment of the term web log is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, etc.) on the internet keeps on growing. Is this where NABO should be as well? Send us your thoughts, and explore some of these existing sites at www.nabasque.org/NABO/blogs.htm


UDALEKU/GAZTEALDE UPDATES. We had some good news with Udaleku and bad news with Gaztealde. The former turned out very well in Buffalo and the participants are all raving about it. The latter had to be cancelled because of low participation. It's unfortunate that Gaztealde didn't get off the ground for this year in Boise, but plans are already in the works to see if we can't find more success soon. One possibility is Seattle next year for Gaztealde. Udaleku will be in Chino, CA.


UPCOMING CONVENTION. The schedule is posted for this year's Labor Day weekend in Chino. That page is at http://www.chinobasqueclub.us/Pages/picnic.htm If you've been down before, you've noticed the heat outside on the performing area. No more! The fairgrounds installed a massive roof cover-outdoor luxury is ours! We're looking forward to having the three klikas together for a tribute, and dance groups (that have told us so far) from San Francisco, Bakersfield and Salt Lake City. Send an email if you're interested. Is there any tug-of-war team coming? Chino is calling you out, so get a team together. Last year Buffalo was talking plenty of trash after winning, so we'll see if they get to keep the trophy.


NABO MEETING AGENDA. The preliminary agenda will be sent out at the end of this month. We're constantly looking for ways to keep people engaged at the NABO level, and that is why input is essential. The aim is to have the meetings both productive and enjoyable, otherwise how can we expect most delegates to give of their time and treasure. Thus please send along your helpful suggestions.


PILOTA UPDATES. We've got plenty of NABO pilota action being lined up by our new chairperson Evelyne Garat. There are games coming up in Boise next, then more. You can find that online at http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Pilota.htm


2009 UPDATES. We going to get final word from Reno one way or the other for the Convention in 2009 (they put their name in); then there's a possibility that Seattle will be hosting the 2009 Fall meeting (the only club so far that has stepped up for this). Stay tuned for more developments.


BG CULTURAL TOURS. We've got two of them coming in October in November. For more information click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Projects/artistak.htm 

July 3rd., 2008


Today on the 4th of July, we have a brief piece on being both Basque and American. People have multiple identities--as a child, a sibling, a co-worker, a sports fan, etc. Two of these many identity options are being Basque and American. They are not mutually exclusive: being one doesn't disqualify being the other. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Being_Basque.htm

June 26th., 2008


Here's a link to a nice story by Grant Smith about this year's (currently underway) NABO Udaleku or Basque Culture Summer Camp in Buffalo, Wyoming. Every year since 1973, this is a two week opportunity for kids ages 10-15 to learn more about their Basque heritage and make friends along the way. To read the article click on Basque-ing in the culture (Buffalo Bulletin - Buffalo,WY,USA)

June 19th., 2008


Kaixo Astero reader,


EuskoSare is hosting the first On-line Basque Short Film Contest, with the aim of encouraging participation and creativity for all. It's super easy. No more than 2 minutes in length, filmed with cell phone, photo or video camera and a Basque theme. Anyone who wants to can participate. Deadline is July 20th. To find out more visit http://www.euskosare.org/euskosareri_buruz/concurso_euskomovie-en

June 12th., 2008


The Chino Basque Club, host of this year’s NABO Convention, has made available at their website the schedule of events for that weekend of Aug. 29-30-31, along with travel and lodging information. There will be plenty of Basque fun & food and this year shade over the outside performing area--this last part in August in Southern California you gotta love! To find out more click on http://www.chinobasqueclub.us/Pages/picnic.htm

June 5th., 2008


We have a few things to bring to your attention this time around.


Cultural Tours. There are two offerings currently available. Note that these tours are not dance bands. Take a look at the website for more information about each and respond quickly if you'd like to participate in hosting. It's a good way to energize your community. Visit http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Projects/artistak.htm


Reno invitation to performing groups. All dance groups, klikas and choirs are invited to attend Reno's Basque Festival July 19th at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. The festival will run from 11am-5pm and all participants will be provided with sandwich and drink tickets. If you are interested in attending please contact the club's board of directors directly at [email protected].


Club Communicators. Years ago we had in place a communicator's network that faded away when soon many others had email. Now our strength is our weakness-when so many people like you get this email, many assume someone else will address the matter. So we're looking into the viability of re-creating that network once again. For more information click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/communicators.htm


Coming next will be information about the NABO Convention.

This week a couple of items for you. If you missed last week's fine NPR program on Basque sheepherding, you can still get that at their website; click on http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90893167


There are some good Basque videos online, some that are brought to my attention by Astero readers. If you finda good one, please send the link along. Here are some:


>Basque Music in Boise: YouTube - Amuma Says No--Basque Band

>NABO: Gaztealde Promotional Film

>Basque Dance: Zuberoako Kadrilak

May 29nd., 2008


If you get this in time, NPR's The Kitchen Sisters have been working on a story about Basque Sheepherders that will air on NPR's Morning Edition on Thursday May 29th. Visit http://www.hiddenkitchens.org/. Then with Basque music there's a website that profiles the Basque classical musical artists such as Aita Donostia, Jesus Guridi, etc. at http://www.basqueclassics.com/ and the latest issue of Euskal Etxeak is out which highlights Basque musical instruments at euskaletxeak

May 22nd., 2008

There are Basques all over the world, but there has never been a central meeting place. There is now an initiative underway to do just that with the Azkarate 2008 Basque Diaspora castle reconstruction project. Sign up ends June 1 and it offers Basque youth (from throughout the Diaspora) a chance to be a part of building this together. To find out more click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/azkarate.htm

May15th., 2008

A couple of things this week. NABO with the support of the Basque Government is hosting workshops specifically for dance group instructors and advanced dancers. Instructors will be from Ikerfolk of Donostia, with a focus on Gipuzkoa dances & costumes. It's our chance to reinvigorate our groups and dancing. Please help to get the word out. For more info click on

http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/ikastaroa.htm


The Basque festival season got off to a fine start in Fresno, and now there are many more to follow. You can find a list of the summer Basque festivals by clicking on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/nabo_news.htm

May 8th., 2008


There’s a new opportunity being offered by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country for people to earn a Masters Degree in various fields that comes with some financial assistance. To check this out click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/masters-degree.htm


Speaking of educational opportunities, there are few updates on earlier Astero features including:

Basque Studies Symposiums in Santa Barbara & Reno this month

Basque Country tour lead by Basque-American in October

NABO Gaztealde program for youth ages 16-20 applications coming due

NABO Udaleku for kids 10-15 last call

May 1st., 2008


Essentially unique among American ethnic groups, only in the American West did one group of people become so exclusively identified with just one occupation: Basques & sheepherding. This week we wanted to bring your attention to an excellent online exhibit profiling Basque sheepherding from the University of Nevada, Reno Library that includes videos, photos, oral interviews, etc. To check this out click on http://nabasque.org/NABO/sheepherding.htm where you will find that link.

April 23rd. 2008

Kaixo NABOtarrak,

A few items for you this time around:

NABO EMAIL LIST. After speaking with Nancy Trevino, NABO Secretary, we hit upon the idea

of centralizing our NABO email list to minimize repeated emails, etc. From now on, as NABO

facilitator I will maintain the NABO delegate email list. Updates should be sent to

[email protected]

BASQUE GOVERNMENT GRANTS. Note that the application deadline is May 16th if your club

is going to apply this time around. Information is at

http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/grants.htm

UDALEKU & GAZTEALDE. We wanted to again enlist your help in helping to get the word

out about get young people to sign up for these summer programs. More information

is online at:

http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Udaleku.htm & http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/gaztealde.htm

BG CULTURAL TOURS. It isn't official yet, but it looks like we might have as many as four

different groups visiting us this year. When we receive more information, including when

they are able to travel, we will begin to work together how to best distribute these groups

among our various communities making use of our several regions: the goal is that at least one group visits each region at least once. You can see the regions at http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Regions.htm

Hope that you're enjoying the Spring!

Gero arte,

 April 16th., 2008

NABO was featured this last year as one of the newest additions to the Urazandi

study of Basque communities around the world. The author of this book is

Argitxu Camus Etxecopar, who did a fine job of collecting varied perspectives

and recollections of the four decade story of NABO. It is now available at our

website in pdf format to view. Follow the link on our frontpage

www.naBASQUE.org

We receive periodic inquiries about touring the Basque Country, and while

we do not have a program in place ourselves, there are various alternatives.

Click on Tours of the Basque Country

GAZTEMENDU 2008 SELECTIONS. Congratulations to the following

for having been selected to participate in this year’s 2008 Gaztemundu program

in the Basque Country: Pierre Jauretche (Bakersfield), Daniela Aispitarte (Boise),

Lael Uberuaga (Boise), Michael Camino (Buffalo), Lisa Etchepare

(San Francisco) & Nicolas Bidaurreta (San Francisco). This is one of our

larger representations, so it bodes

well! To read more click on http://nabasque.org/Pages/Projects/gaztemundu.htm

2008 BG GRANTS. The window to apply for funding from the Basque

Government is now open with May 16 being the deadline. An English overview

is now provided; click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/grants.htm

NABO VISIBILITY . Would your organization be willing to help NABO

gain greater exposure? At a minimum, what this would entail is the use of

our NABO logo in your club’s newsletter, picnic poster, etc. The overall goal

is to help facilitate the development of an identity of belonging to a larger

Basque-American community. Please contact us at [email protected]

for more information.

VISITING INSTRUCTORS. We receive regular inquiries from folks who

would like to make a trade for the opportunity of staying here for a short time.

These are posted at http://www.nabasque.org/Euskara/Hosting.htm

MORE UPDATES. You can find links to these and other NABO items

following the Facilitator link at our frontpage at www.nabasque.org

April 33rd. 20008


Kaixo-Greetings NABOtarrok,


A couple of things for you this week. NABO is offering two youth programs this summer: one for youth ages 10-15 called (click on) Udaleku and the other for ages 16-20 called (click on) Gaztealde.


Then thanks to Astero reader “Txomin” Minaberrigarai, this week we direct your attention to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times about the current state of the Irish language. The Irish too are endeavoring to sustain their language, and here too many of the same challenges have arisen including the resistance if not resentment of some to these efforts to keep a language alive. But there is hope.

To read more click on www.nabasque.org/NABO/Irish.htm

This is to bring a few items to your attention and ask that you help spread the word.


BASQUE GOVERNMENT GRANTS. The window for submitting applications will be April 16—May 16. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/grants.htm


CLUB SELF-ASSESSMENT. Following the beginning or our four-year plan, we are seeking to assess the status of our membership, in particular how each views itself. Please click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Club_self_evaluation.htm


NABO MUS FINALS. In an earlier email information was made available for this year’s NABO Mus Finals on May 31st. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/mus_tournament.htm


CONVENTION INVITATION. Emails and a hard-copy have been sent to contact organizers of performing groups to see if they can attend our Convention this year. To see that click on 2008 Convention Invitation to Groups


NABO CONVENTION. The general schedule for Labor Day weekend in Chino, CA is now available (with specifics to be added when we hear back from respondents). To make you plans click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Convention.htm


GAZTEALDE (July 21-25 in Boise, ID). Applications for this program for Basque young adults are now available. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/gaztealde.htm


UDALEKU (June 15-27 in Buffalo, WY). Applications were previously announced and available at http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Udaleku.htm


That’s enough for now. Izan ongi!



John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

March 28th., 2008

Kaixo Astero reader,


This week we wanted to bring to your attention a special online issue of Oral Tradition that features several English articles about “Bertsolaritza.” Basque culture survived millennia without a written tradition because it developed an effective oral tradition that included this Basque art of improvisational verse. To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/bertsolaritza-oral-tradition.htm

March 19th., 20008


Kaixo,


NABO has secured funding to have a person serve as our Euskara coordinator from June through December, with the expected hope that the position will continue thereafter on an annual basis. We are now accepting applications for this position that will be due April 15th (everyone remembers this deadline).


We are asking your assistance in helping to get the word out and encouraging qualified people to apply. We have the opportunity to do something special here with Euskara in our communities. To find out more and application information, visit our webpage at www.nabasque.org/Euskara/coordinator.htm


This Sunday is Easter, and it is also Aberri Eguna which was an invention of the late 19th century by Sabino Arana, the founder of Basque nationalism, to commemorate the Basque homeland. To read more about the origins of Aberri Eguna click on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/aberri_eguna.htm

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February 28th., 2008

This week you have NABO’s letter of thanks to Stanford University for hosting Lehendakari Ibarretxe’s presentation at NABO's Stanford Letter and NABO’s 2008 Udaleku Summer Camp for kids ages 10-15 in Buffalo, Wyoming this year is open to applicants at NABO Udaleku application.


Agur,

Attached please find the NABO Mus rules that were approved by the delegates at the Salt Lake City meeting on February 9th.


Can you please distribute them to the delegates and post them on the NABO website?


Clubs can email the names of their players for the NABO Mus tournament to me at [email protected]


Thank you,


Pierre Etcharren

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Good & Bad News Feb 21-08

Kaixo,


We had some good news over this last week, and it went out in this week's Astero regarding our NABO meeting and then the festivities in San Francisco last weekend. You can read more about these at www.nabasque.org/astero.htm


Before drawing more attention to our NABO calendar, we wanted to send out a request to check and confirm that the dates were correct for your club's summer festival. Please view http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/nabo_news.htm and let us know if a correction is needed.


Finally, we just received the sad news that Francois Pedeflous of Fresno passed away of a heart attack. His funeral is this Saturday at noon at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno. He served as NABO's president as well as in other roles for many years, and last year he was selected to receive our "Bizi Emankorra" or lifetime contribution award. Just this Saturday in San Francisco I was talking to him making plans to make the presentation at our Chino NABO Convention. It was not meant to be. Goian Bego (R.I.P.)


Agur,


John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

February 14th, 2008

Kaixo Astero reader,


This week we bring to your attention the Basque Government's webpage with the English versions of their regular magazine "Euskal Etxeak" that covers news about the Basque Diaspora (Euspora). While there you can sign up for the paper version, or else click and view the pdf versions online. Note that Issue 80 (the one in the top left corner with Ibarretxe on the cover) includes an overview of what Lehendakari Ibarretxe will be speaking about this week here in the U.S regarding his "Road Map for Peace." To read more click on: http://www.lehendakaritza.ejgv.euskadi.net/r48-3872/en/contenidos/informacion/06_revista_euskaletxeak/en_ee/revista.html


Agur,


Kaixo NABOtarrak,

Kaixo Astero reader,


This week there are a couple of items as NABO goes into its annual Winter meeting in Salt Lake City. There is an offering to hear / view Basque radio and television channels from the Basque Country at http://www.jumptv.com/ You also have available the latest issue of NABO’s tri-annual newsletter "Hizketa" at http://www.nabasque.org/Hizketa/19-1.pdf


Agur ‘ta erdi,

Here are a few updates and reminders:


SLC NABO MEETING. In a couple of weeks we’ll be getting together for our Winter meeting. Among other things, we’ll be aiming to set out a course of action for this year which means how NABO (which means all of us) can best coordinate its effort to benefit joint projects. Our focus groups are engaged in discussions right now to formulate proposals that will be presented to delegates. You can find the agenda, hotel info. et. al at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Meeting.htm


PROTEST PETITION. Some of you have received an email from a group of people who want to protest/cancel Lehendakari Ibarretxe’s talk at Stanford next month. My recommendation, for what it is worth, is to ignore this crowd. I received an email a while ago on a related matter from someone in this group, responded, and then received a long, long, long email that went into lots of detail about what happened when I was young, why they have since grown estranged, etc. Some people have a thing, if you know what I mean, and I don’t see how you can change these people’s minds. Anyhow, you can find more details about this at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/ibarretxe_stanford.htm


BASQUE GOVERNMENT (BG) GRANTS 2008. Indications are that the grant application due date will be delayed this year until March (instead of the usual Feb. date) because of some changes that will be made. Changes, as far as we know now, will include applicants to include their member data (including individual member data of name, languages, birth date and gender) as well as your club’s four plan so that the BG can see how the applied for funds will fit into a larger vision. They were hoping that you might be able to send this plan, along with your updated club data. The latest BG news is posted at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/BG-due-dates.htm


CLUB/MEMBER 4 YEAR PLANS. Odds are that your club is not alone in what it aims to do over the next four years. That is why NABO is interested in getting to know your plans to see if there is something than can be arranged to see if we can work on some things together. Therefore, at the NABO meeting we’ll be asking to make contact with a person(s) in your organization who might serve as a contact.


There is more about what is going on at NABO if you'd like to inquire by clicking on http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/faciliator_updates.htm


Agur eta Salt Lake City arte,

John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]


This week’s story is an announcement for the upcoming “Klika in America” tribute later this summer at our NABO Convention in Chino, CA. We’re starting to get the word out now so that we can round up as many past & present players as we can for a special celebration.


To read more click on: http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/klika_tribute.htm


Agur,

Agenda +

Next meeting: Salt Lake City, UT

NOIZ | When: Sat. Feb. 9th at 8am (7:30 donuts!)

NON | Where: St. Ambrose Catholic Church hall

LODGING: 30 rooms are reserved at the Crystal Inn Mid Valley, 818 East Winchester Street, Murray, Ut. For reservations call, 801 685-9300 or toll free 888-685-9300. State that you are with NABO for the special room rate of $99.00 per night which includes a hot breakfast and a light dinner and a shuttle to and from the airport. There are of course other options available at your discretion.


TENTATIVE AGENDA:


All delegates are requested to ensure that they have written, dated and signed proxies. Theses proxies must be given to the secretary before the start of the meeting.

__ Call to Order: President Mary Gaztambide (roll call, proxies & introductions)

__ Basque Club of Utah: welcome and weekend activities

__ Minutes of the Ontario, OR meeting: corrections & approval

__ Treasurer’s report introduction: Grace Mainvil


Invited presenters:

__ Aitor Sotes, Delegate from the Basque Government in NYC

__ Joseba Etxarri from EuskalKultura


Kirol (Sport) Focus/Advisory Group:

__ Pilota: Evelyne Garat

__ 2008 goal(s)


Gazteak (Youth) Focus/Advisory Group:

__ Haurbildu: 9 & under

__ Udaleku: 10-15: Valerie Etcharren

__ Gaztealde: 16-20: Amaya Ingram

__ 2008 goal(s)


Dantza & Musika: Focus/Advisory Group:

__ Online music | video dance library

__ Instructor's workshop

__ 2008 goal(s)


Euskara | Kantak | Mus Focus/Advisory Group:

__ Kantari Eguna: Rockland club

__ Mini songbook: John Ysursa

__ Senior Mus: Pierre Etcharren

__ Junior Mus: Gina Espinal

__ Euskara: Martin Goicoechea

__ 2008 goal(s)


Jakinarazi (Education & Communication) Focus/Advisory Group:

__ Video: Jesus Pedroarena

__ Calendar: Mary Lou Urrutia

__ History: Argitxu Camus Etchecopar

__ Aurrera Goaz: Anita Anacabe Franzoia

__ 2008 goal(s)


Dirua (Finances) Focus/Advisory Group:

__ BG grants for 2008

__ Treasurer’s Report Approval

__ 2008 goal(s)


NABO Facilitator Report

__ Current activities


Old Business

__ Bizi Emankorra nominations


New Business

__ Upcoming meetings


Adjournment

Future Meetings:

2008 Convention (Summer): Chino, CA (Sat., Aug. 30th)

2008 Fall: Reno, NV


2009 Winter: Salt Lake City, UT

2009 Convention (Summer): Reno, NV

2009 Fall:

Delegates:

Above please find the agenda for the February 9th meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Updates of this agenda will be listed at: http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/Meeting.htm



At this meeting, nominations will be reviewed for the NABO Bizi Emankorra award. Nominations need to be submitted to me by February 1st.



*** Also, Chairpeople, please remember to send me a copy your reports for the meeting by February 1st.



The minutes for the NABO meeting in Ontario OR will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.



If you have any questions, please let me know.



Nancy J Trevino

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

University of Utah Admissions Office

201 S 1460 E RM 250S

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057

[email protected]

Phone: 801 581-4217

Fax: 801 585-7864


Admissions Office-250 Student Services Building

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Argitxu Camus Etchecopar

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Kaixo Astero readers,


As 2007 draws to a close, we continue to take a look back at some recent events. You’ll find the results of the NABO Pilota finals held in Bakersfield, and the latest Basque handball news is at Pilota News. Our annual Euskararen Eguna (“Day of Euskara”) & Euskara instructors workshop was in Chino earlier this month, and a review is at Euskararen_Eguna_Chino. And a review of another successful cultural tour was held with touring musicians at Txalaparta Plus.


Eguberri On! Merry Christmas!

Kaixo Astero readers,


This week’s Astero is (click on) Udaleku 2007: A Look Back Also of interest is a funny, brief video clip (sent by an Astero reader) from Euskal Telebista about the Olentzero (Basque Santa Claus) at http://www.eitb.com/videos/245758/es/


On egin,

Dec 5th., 2007


Kaixo Astero readers,


In a rare instance, NABO sent a formal letter on the International Day of Euskara (Dec. 3, 2007) to the editor of the Wall Street Journal regarding their Nov. 6th front page article by Keith Johnson. Despite efforts such as this article--intentional or not--to denigrate, NABO re-affirms its commitment to maintain the Basque language and culture. Esnatu gaitu: this woke us up! To read more click on http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/esnatu_gaitu.htm



Agur,

Activities of the History Committee


I organized the photographs collected during the research about NABO and stored them at the Basque Library of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a description for each one of them.


The book on the History of NABO was published and presented during the World Congress in July.


The Reno Zazpiak Bat Club will donate its archives (the copies) to the University of Reno Basque Library. I will make the copies, organize the files and work on a detailed description of these archives.


Maybe more clubs could follow their example. I will be more than happy to go to the clubs and make copies of their archives in order to donate them to the Basque Library. If a club is willing to donate the original archives, just like NABO did, they are more than welcome to do so. These archives can be of different type: meeting minutes, newsletters, membership lists, correspondence of any sort, photographs, etc.

NABO News

UDALEKU 2007

– SAN FRANCISCO FINAL REPORT




Udaleku 2007 was a success

with 72 students from the US, Euskal Herria and Canada.




Thanks go to the following

clubs who generously donated to Udaleku this year and helped sponsor

activities: San Francisco Basque Club, Fresno Basque Club, and

Basque Educational Organization. Thanks go to the Basque Intl.

Cultural Center and Center for Basque Studies who donated copies of

The Girl Who Swam to Euskadi to each participant.




I would like to give special

thanks to the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center who donated not only

the location, but also all lunches and dinners to all participants and

staff.  

These generous donations allowed

us to have approximately $2000.00 left over from this year’s camp.

Once the camp DVDs are copied and mailed, the remaining funds will stay

in the Udaleku account to be used for 2008.




We were very pleased with the

quality of our staff this year. One observation, however, for

following camps: all instructors should be familiar with the challenges

of working with children. This is especially true with Udaleku

participants being younger in age (under 16).




UDALEKU 2008

– BUFFALO, WY

Udaleku 2008 will be held in

Buffalo, WY from June 15th – June 27th.

Kate Camino will hopefully lead the team of instructors that will include

dance and txistu instructors from the Basque Country as well as aides

and instructors from the United States. The dance focus will be

on the province of Gipuzkoa. Since there is no fronton in Buffalo,

the physical activity portion will include a focus on other Basque sports

outside of pilota.




One exciting feature this year

will be a class on the Basque sheepherding experience. Where better

than Wyoming for second or third generations Basque children to gain

an understanding about the experience many of their grandparents shared?




I think it is important that

we discuss the cost per participant now so that Buffalo can prepare

a working budget. I suggest leaving the cost at $250.00 per person.




Those interested in applying

for an aide position should apply by April 1, 2008. The application

can be found on the NABO website as of December 1st.




Applications for participants

will be available after the February meeting and will be due May 1st.

PROJECT XIBEROA


– UDALEKU IN EUSKALHERRIA




I am in contact with the Lycee

du Pays de Soule, in Chéraute (outside of Mauleon) who would like to

do an exchange with kids 16 / 17 / 18 years old from the United States.

They are interested in hosting 22 kids during the summer of 2008.

Once there, the American Basques would get lessons in Euskara and Basque

dance, as well as play pilota and learn what the Basque country is like.



In the summer / September of

2009, the group from Xiberoa would come to the United States to present

the pastoral they are working on with Michel Etchecopar.

More information regarding applications for this exchange will be available

shortly. Bakersfield, Chino and San Francisco have already been

contacted regarding the possibility of bringing the pastoral to their

clubs in September of 2009.



If this exchange is successful,

it could potentially be the first step of a natural extension of Udaleku

– an Udaleku in the Basque Country that would take place every two

years and would be open to high school juniors and seniors.

Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 18:22:00 -0700

Subject: astero


Kaixo Astero reade

This week there are a couple of items. The latest issue of

“HIZKETA” NABO’s tri-annual newsletter is available

online at: http://www.nabasque.org/Hizketa/hizketa_main.htm

There’s also the updated schedule for this weekend’s

NABO PILOTA Championship in Bakersfield,

CA at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/pilota_championship.htm

Laster arte,

Kaixo Astero readers,


This week we draw your attention to our new-look website for the

season and front page at www.nabasque.org

There you’ll find quick links to five current issues of interest that

include the ongoing Wall Street Journal reaction

(where you can send an automated email to the editors if interested)

and the upcoming celebration of

Nazioarteko Eguna or “International Day of Euskara” featuring

Bernardo Atxaga.    

Agur,


John M. Ysursa

Sustatzailea/Facilitator

NORTH AMERICAN BASQUE ORGANIZATIONS, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Kaixo Astero readers,


This week we draw your attention to two items:


> The first known recordings of the Basque language in 1900. To hear these go to the EuskoSare website at: http://www.euskosare.org/ene/2007/first_sounds_recorded_euskara


> The Center for Basque Studies celebrates 40 years, and a new book chronicles this story. To find out more click on: Center for Basque Studies 40th anniversary


Happy Thanksgiving!

Kaixo Astero readers,



Once or twice a year the Autonomous Basque Government of Euskadi

sponsors a cultural tour to provide our communities an opportunity to

experience some of the latest work of Basque entertainers. This latest

offering for December features the Basque txalapartak and two of its

finest players: Iñaki Plaza & Ion Garamendia. To find out more

click on: http://nabasque.org/NABO/tour-txalapartak.htm



Kaixo Astero readers,



This week there are a couple of items. The latest issue of “HIZKETA” NABO’s tri-annual newsletter is available online at: http://www.nabasque.org/Hizketa/hizketa_main.htm



There’s also the updated schedule for this weekend’s NABO PILOTA Championship in Bakersfield, CA at http://www.nabasque.org/Pages/pilota_championship.htm




Laster arte,

UDALEKU 2007 – SAN FRANCISCO FINAL REPORT

Udaleku 2007 was a success with 72 students from the US, Euskal Herria and Canada.


Thanks go to the following clubs who generously donated to Udaleku this year and helped sponsor activities: San Francisco Basque Club, Fresno Basque Club, and Basque Educational Organization. Thanks go to the Basque Intl. Cultural Center and Center for Basque Studies who donated copies of The Girl Who Swam to Euskadi to each participant.


I would like to give special thanks to the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center who donated not only the location, but also all lunches and dinners to all participants and staff.


These generous donations allowed us to have approximately $2000.00 left over from this year’s camp. Once the camp DVDs are copied and mailed, the remaining funds will stay in the Udaleku account to be used for 2008.


We were very pleased with the quality of our staff this year. One observation, however, for following camps: all instructors should be familiar with the challenges of working with children. This is especially true with Udaleku participants being younger in age (under 16).

UDALEKU 2008 – BUFFALO, WY

Udaleku 2008 will be held in Buffalo, WY from June 15th – June 27th. Kate Camino will hopefully lead the team of instructors that will include dance and txistu instructors from the Basque Country as well as aides and instructors from the United States. The dance focus will be on the province of Gipuzkoa. Since there is no fronton in Buffalo, the physical activity portion will include a focus on other Basque sports outside of pilota.


One exciting feature this year will be a class on the Basque sheepherding experience. Where better than Wyoming for second or third generations Basque children to gain an understanding about the experience many of their grandparents shared?


I think it is important that we discuss the cost per participant now so that Buffalo can prepare a working budget. I suggest leaving the cost at $250.00 per person.


Those interested in applying for an aide position should apply by April 1, 2008. The application can be found on the NABO website as of December 1st.


Applications for participants will be available after the February meeting and will be due May 1st.

PROJECT XIBEROA – UDALEKU IN EUSKALHERRIA

I am in contact with the Lycee du Pays de Soule, in Chéraute (outside of Mauleon) who would like to do an exchange with kids 16 / 17 / 18 years old from the United States. They are interested in hosting 22 kids during the summer of 2008. Once there, the American Basques would get lessons in Euskara and Basque dance, as well as play pilota and learn what the Basque country is like.


In the summer / September of 2009, the group from Xiberoa would come to the United States to present the pastoral they are working on with Michel Etchecopar. More information regarding applications for this exchange will be available shortly. Bakersfield, Chino and San Francisco have already been contacted regarding the possibility of bringing the pastoral to their clubs in September of 2009.


If this exchange is successful, it could potentially be the first step of a natural extension of Udaleku – an Udaleku in the Basque Country that would take place every two years and would be open to high school



NABO History Committee Report

Ontario, November 10, 2007

Argitxu Camus Etchecopar

[email protected]

775-682-6343

Activities of the History Committee

I organized the photographs collected during the research about NABO and stored them at the Basque Library of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a description for each one of them.


The book on the History of NABO was published and presented during the World Congress in July.


The Reno Zazpiak Bat Club will donate its archives (the copies) to the University of Reno Basque Library. I will make the copies, organize the files and work on a detailed description of these archives.


Maybe more clubs could follow their example. I will be more than happy to go to the clubs and make copies of their archives in order to donate them to the Basque Library. If a club is willing to donate the original archives, just like NABO did, they are more than welcome to do so. These archives can be of different type: meeting minutes, newsletters, membership lists, correspondence of any sort, photographs, etc.

NEWS FROM NABO by Ana Aguirre

Who is the best known Basque writer?


Arguably that would be Bernardo

Atxaga. Where is he going to be speaking


the evening of December 1st?

That would be in Chino for NABOs celebration


of Euskararen Eguna or

“Day of Euskara.” To find out


more click on


Kaixo Astero readers, Oct. 27th., 2007

Last week’s issue detailed some possible


initiatives to pursue in

an effort to promote “Basqueness;”


this week’s Astero

provides a general overview and proposed starting


point. Last week was

the trees; this week it’s the forest. To read


more click on:

http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/Zatoz.htm 

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How many Basues are we in the US?

Kaixo (“Hello”) Astero reader:


A question often asked is “how many Basques are there in the U.S.?” We will never have the definitive answer to this question because plenty have fallen through the cracks: e.g., some Basques coming over with either French or Spanish passports were counted accordingly; some descendants no longer self-define as Basque, etc. But one basis is the last U.S. census which gave us some estimates. To see the numbers by state and cities, click on: http://www.nabasque.org/NABO/zenbat_gara.htm


Hurrengo arte (“Until next time”)

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